Time For Dinner!

I remember when I was a kid, long before the days of cell phones, we would play outside in the neighborhood after school, or all day long during the summer months.  Whether the game was freeze tag, kick-ball, or kick-the-can, the competition was fierce in the friendliest kind of way.  And I never needed a watch to tell me when it was time to head in; I knew eventually my mother’s voice would ring out, “Kathy, time for dinner!”

Well, my Blue Jays seem to have something similar going on.  Now, they’re not playing tag (as far as I know) but they must be engaged in some sort of spy game, because as soon as I load up the peanut tray, there always seems to be one, perched on a nearby branch, who begins loudly calling out to the others.


I’m fairly sure his raucous squawking translates to, “Jays, time for dinner!” – because before long it seems like every Blue Jay in my neighborhood is showing up, one…


…after another…


…after another!


Occasionally they pause and give a cute and somewhat curious glance to the lady with the camera,

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and then it’s back to their gobbling…one…


…after another…


…after another!


I’d say these guys are greedy, taking peanut after peanut; but who am I to judge, taking picture after picture!


These Blue Jays definitely add joy to my days, as do the sweet childhood memories.

About kathydoremus

Wife, mother, daughter, and friend. One who dabbles in writing, thinks in rhyme, and is utterly unable to escape the allure of alliteration:) Amateur nature photographer. A backyard bird watcher, a hiker of non-strenuous trails to waterfalls, and a fan of Atlanta sports teams. Driver of an orange Jeep Renegade who goes by the name of Earl. One who is nourished by silence, solitude, and a good cup of coffee. A lover of God’s Word and the riches that are hidden there. An extremely ordinary jar of clay who longs to see and be satisfied by the glory of God, and to somehow display that in my everyday life.
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12 Responses to Time For Dinner!

  1. WOW WOW WOW Beautiful I Love Birds

  2. memadtwo says:

    A smile for my morning. (K)

  3. Jill Kuhn says:

    Ah, I remember those sweet memories of my childhood too, Kathy! We had so much fun playing outside! We played a lot of hide and seek too – a little like your Blue Jays here! Such sweet photos! 💙

  4. aussiebirder says:

    Kathy you have captured many aspects of this beautiful bird’s plumage and character in your shots, it is a lovely collection. I do love the hind wing and tail pattern.

  5. desert angler says:

    Ohh the detail! Magic.:)

  6. Trail Walker says:

    Yes, that is exactly what the jays do, and I think they are very entertaining.

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